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Statement

My serious interest in art began during my years of teacher training. I exhibited and sold works in the 1960s and during four years living and teaching in Alberta, Canada, I managed to squeeze in courses in painting and design at the University of Lethbridge. On returning to South Australia, I worked as lecturer and later editor and instructional designer in TAFE, years of work and family raising that left me little time (or energy) for producing art. After an early retirement in 1998, I went back to TAFE as a fine art student, and filled in many gaps in knowledge, skills and understanding. Since then my work has never looked back.

I work in a variety of media, but essentially I draw, paint and assemble.

I base my art on the natural world around me – its forms, structures, movements…and on those discovered materials that bear the stamps of time and former use – that create a memory and suggest a history.

I sell through occasional exhibitions and various galleries, and am happy to be contacted for a visit to my studio in Yankalilla.

Peter sketching on the move

Myself falling apart

I believe that if it were left to artists to choose their own labels, most would choose none.

Ben Shahn